Miss N. Rushton – Class Teacher

Mrs J Bradley - Class TA

Mrs S Clarkson - Class TA


“Hello to all our Reception children and their families and a special welcome to our children that are new to Holy Family School. Miss Rushton, Mrs Bradley and Mrs Clarkson are very excited to meet you all and we can’t wait to play and learn together”

Play underpins the Early Years Foundation Stage. It also underpins learning and all aspects of children’s development. Through play, children develop language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills. For most children their play is natural and spontaneous although some children may need extra help from adults. Play takes place indoors and outdoors and it is in these different environments that children explore and discover their immediate world. It is here they practice new ideas and skills, they take risks, show imagination and solve problems on their own or with others. The role that adults have is crucial. Adults provide time and space and appropriate resources. These might include clothes, boxes, buckets, old blankets that will inspire play and fire children’s imaginations. They observe play and join in when invited, watching and listening before intervening. They value play and provide safe but challenging environments that support and extend learning and development.

“Teaching… is all those different things that you do as an adult that help young children learn… communicating, modelling language, working with children as they initiate their own play and activities, being ready to intervene on the moment, demonstrating how to do something, explaining why something is as it is, showing children something, exploring ideas with them, encouraging them, questioning them, checking what it is they are understanding, helping them to record something that they did so that they get the structure and sequence of events, providing a narrative for what they are doing, facilitating what they are doing, setting challenges, all those sorts of things are the sorts of things we mean when we are teaching.”

Our focus in RE is ‘Myself’. The children will know and understand that God loves each one of us and we are all precious to God and that God is listening when we pray. The children will be able to recognise that their name is important to them and God knows and loves each person by name.

In Reception class we love to read! We provide a language rich environment where we are all surrounded by storytelling and reading for pleasure. We enjoy story scribing. This is when the children make up their own stories and are then scribed by the adults. The children bring their stories to life through actions, dance and song! We encourage the children to read a range of books and develop a real love of reading. If you have any books at home that you enjoy, please bring them to school to share with us.

Follow this link to hear the sounds pronounced correctly;


 Reading Support

You can access 'Epic reading' with your child at home.
-Follow the link -
-Type in the classroom code MKA-3719
-Find your child's name.
-Enjoy sharing stories together, listening to audio books and watching video stories.


In Maths, we will explore and play with numbers to 10. We will sing lots of number songs, rhymes, explore the abacus and become familiar with the numicon. We will also be counting lots of ‘real’ objects as this is very important for us when we are learning to count.  We will be doing lots of quantity and number matching so we learn what numbers look like and what they mean. We focus on one number per week. We always begin with the number 1. We learn lots of different concepts around our magic number such as;

-What does it look like?

-How many fingers?

-How many different ways can we represent this number?

-What is one more/one less?

-How many more to make …?

Have a look at ‘Numberblocks’ – we use the videos and visuals to support and develop our mathematical understanding;

Try these at home;

-Spot the number on the bus

-Sing number songs

-Paying with money at the supermarket

-Count the stairs to bed

-Spot the pattern/shapes in the environment

-Number hide and seek

-BBC number time

Parents notices

-Please send your child in to school each day with a waterproof coat and a pair of wellies (we love to get wet and muddy and play outside in all weather conditions)

-Please practice self-help skills at home such as putting own coat on and fastening independently

-Ensure all clothing is name labelled

-Water bottles to be brought to school each day and refilled at home

-Children to come to school every Wednesday dressed in their PE kit (white t-shirt, navy/black shorts or jogging bottoms with school jumper on)

-Book bags to be brought in once a week on your child’s reading day

Please follow the links below to the sites to support learning from home